Private Project

MY 25: The Ocean Between Us

By the age of 6, I had already decided I was going to be a Marine Biologist but I never imagined that by the time I graduated I would be fighting to save the last of a species and documenting the end of an era. It became apparent that the changes that are occurring in our oceans are happening at a staggering rate and that in just my short lifetime, in just 25 years I have been able to observe a rapid decline in health and biodiversity. As a passionate diver that has always had an affinity with our oceans I set out to make this film to show the power of marine protected areas and show a younger generation it is not too late for our generation to make a genuine and lasting impact changing the future of our oceans for the better.

Switching between memories and reality ‘My 25’ tells an intimate story of how our oceans have changed in just my lifetime. From traditional fishing practices to state of the art wet labs and coral restoration work we will demonstrate how there is still time to change the fate of our oceans and show the importance of learning from different cultures and generations in the fight to conserve our oceans.

Quality: 4K (4096 x 2160) available
Duration: 15 minutes (including credits)
Audio: 5.1 and Stereo available
Frame Rate: 25fps

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    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 25, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography

Inka Cresswell graduated with a B.Sc in Marine Biology from San Diego State University but after noticing a disconnect between science and general awareness decided to combine her love of underwater photography with her passion for marine science and become a wildlife filmmaker. Her goal is to create inspiring wildlife documentaries that share powerful ocean conservation messages and inspire a younger generation to care for our natural world.

Throughout her undergraduate studies, she worked as a Scientific diver assisting in field research and worked for the National Science Foundation during an expedition to the Guizhou province in China. After graduating she worked for The Watermen Project (a shark tagging conservation team) on multiple international expeditions. She also works as a freelance underwater camera operator and photographer.

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Director Statement

In addition to the science behind marine life, film has always been a great passion of mine. Sometimes telling someone why something is magnificent and needs to be protected isn’t enough, they need to be shown. Film creates a unique aid in storytelling, captivating moments that would otherwise go unseen allowing us to illustrate interactions between humans and nature, assisting in the education and inspiration of future marine biologists and conservationists.

After graduating with a degree in marine biology I decided to study a Masters in wildlife filmmaking so I could communicate important ocean conservation messages with a bigger audience highlighting some of the fantastic work marine biologists are doing around the world and sharing complex marine problems in a way that inspires and educates the general public.

This film was created as the final project in my master's program. I hope you enjoy it.